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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim tests positive for COVID-19
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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim tests positive for COVID-19

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Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim announced on Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. 

In a statement released by the university, Boeheim said he recently learned he tested positive for the virus and has been isolating at home. 

"I am not experiencing any symptoms at this time, and will continue to monitor my health closely as advised by the medical staff," he added. "Thank you for the well wishes. I look forward to getting back on the court with my team." 

Boeheim is one of two positive COVID-19 cases within the Syracuse men's basketball program. John Wildhack, the school's athletic director, said another round of testing was done after Boeheim's positive result. One other member of the program, who wasn't identified, has tested positive for the virus. 

Because of the positive cases, Wildhack said the university has paused all basketball-related activities. 

"We are following all (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines and (Atlantic Coast Conference) protocols, and working closely with the Onondaga County Department of Health, to mitigate further transmission of the virus," Wildhack said. "All members of the basketball program will be tested again, multiple times, over the next week."

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Syracuse is scheduled to open the regular season on Nov. 27 against Bryant. 

Boeheim, 75, is in his 45th season as head coach of the men's basketball team. He led the program to a national championship in 2003. In his Hall of Fame career, Boeheim has missed only 12 games — three while recovering from surgery for prostate cancer nearly two decades ago and nine games five years ago as punishment for NCAA violations. Atlantic Coast Conference protocols call for 10 days of isolation plus a 24-hour period without symptoms.

There has been an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Onondaga County. On Sunday, the county announced 238 new cases. There are 65 people hospitalized with the virus and there was one death, a 68-year-old woman who had underlying health conditions. 

According to Syracuse University's COVID-19 dashboard, the school has 232 active cases among its faculty, staff and students in central New York. There have been 12 new cases since Saturday and 651 students are in quarantine. 

Speaking with the media on Monday, Syracuse football coach Dino Babers said that his program had no cases after the latest round of testing. The Orange travel to Louisville Saturday following a bye week. 

Regarding Boeheim, Babers expects the longtime basketball coach to be back as soon as protocols allow. 

"I'll tell you what, that guy is in better shape than a lot of people have any clue," Babers said. "When he says that he's at home resting and he's going to whoop tail and be back here in a little bit, there's no doubt in my mind that's exactly what's going to happen."

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Politics reporter Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or robert.harding@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.

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I have been The Citizen's online producer and politics reporter since December 2009. I'm the author of the Eye on NY blog and write the weekly Eye on NY column that appears every Sunday in the print edition of The Citizen and online at auburnpub.com.

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